Truths of the Catholic
Faith in God and
Jesus, can at times be very hard.
And when it is hard, that is when you will know if you
have true faith and trust in Jesus.
When we go through life and we have material success,
money in the pocket, good home, happy family, new car,
the respect and admiration of your friends and peers,
it's easy to have faith in Jesus.
It is when the pocket is empty and the bills are due,
when you have a debilitating illness, when you suffer
the loss of a loved one, when in the middle of the night
the fear of tomorrow is almost overwhelming, and when
God 'hides his face' (Ps 13:1) and you don't feel God is
with you while there are enemies all around.
When you can face these sufferings without blaming God,
without asking why you are being punished, without
trying to make a deal with God to get you out of this
mess.... without believing that God has abandoned you.
And if you can still firmly believe that Jesus is still
with you because he said he would be, then you have
faith and trust in Jesus.
As a Catholic, we believe that God uses our suffering as
a test of faith.
1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, although now for a
little while you may have to suffer through various
trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more
precious than gold that is perishable even though tested
by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at
the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not
seen him you love him; even though you do not see him
now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an
indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal
of (your) faith, the salvation of your souls.
When Jesus, the man, was suffering as they drove each
nail into his hands and feet, He never lost faith in
Unite your suffering with Jesus' suffering, gain the
strength of Jesus' faith, and stand firm in your faith
and trust and give praise to the name and glory of God.
Look into your heart for the truth of what you believe,
that is where God is looking.